Fill the gap between manual operations and full automation.


The Operator Dialog, OPD, is an AddOn software to SIMATIC ® PCS 7 system. The OPD simplifies the interactions between operators and automated control systems. It does not only provide the operator with a powerful tool to make the control of the process easier, but it also gives a complete trace of operator’s manual operations – a must in a validated batch system.

Appliance

Operator interaction during an SFC phase

An OPD can be applied during an SFC phase. The simplest operator interaction could be to ask the operator to acknowledge an OPD message before entering the next step of the phase. Another example is to ask the operator to select between two storage tanks. Each one of the cases above can also require one or several electronic signatures.

Operator interaction between two SFC phases

An OPD can also be applied for operator interactions on the batch level, between two separate SFC phases. The operator could be asked to choose between different equipments, which require separate unit allocations.

Operator Interaction for event based actions

An OPD can be used for event based actions. The operator could be asked to acknowledge an OPD message before opening a valve or closing a pump. Or changing some parameters or alarm limits.

Electronic signatures in APL

OPD can be used to add comments and electronic signatures during APL operational commands e.g. mode switching or setpoint adjustment.

Key benefits

Save engineering time
Save engineering time

The OPD is a standard tool for creating and editing operator messages. The messages are created and edited in seconds.

Meet the regulatory demands
Meet the regulatory demands

Through the integration with SIMATIC ® Logon for user verification and electronic signatures, the OPD meets the requirements coming from 21 CFR part 11, and other regulatory demands.

Key features

Flexible design
Flexible design

Each OPD message can be configured with a text message, operator comment, process values, operator values, option boxes, check boxes and electronic signatures .

APL design
APL design

The OPD resembles the APL library in both design and functionality.

Electronic signatures
Electronic signatures

The OPD has a built in option for handling of Electronic Signatures.

Web Navigator
Web Navigator

OPD supports PCS7 Web Navigator.

Full Audit Trail
Full Audit Trail

All operator interaction is saved as WinCC messages and can be easily used in standard reports.

Easy to edit
Easy to edit

OPD messages are easily edited with any spreadsheet tool.

Multi-language support
Multi-language support

The OPD uses language libraries and all texts used by OPD can be translated to any language.

Redundancy
Redundancy

OPD supports redundant servers.